Miami Hurricanes have most alums in NFL Playoffs of NY6

SANTA CLARA, CA - DECEMBER 24: Calais Campbell
SANTA CLARA, CA - DECEMBER 24: Calais Campbell /

Among the 12 teams that played in the New Year’s Six Bowl games, the Miami Hurricanes have the most alums participating in the NFL Playoffs. The Pittsburgh Steelers and Jacksonville Jaguars lead the way with three UM alums each.

The list compiled by the Miami Hurricanes official website HurricaneSports.Com only includes players on active rosters and not the injured reserve list. The 15 Miami alums on active playoff rosters are four more than Clemson who was second with 11. It’s an impressive number for a program in the middle of a resurgence.

That number could very easily rise as Mark Richt continues to build a roster of his own players. Seven of the eight teams playing wildcard weekend have at least one player from the U. The Rams are the only team without a Miami Hurricanes alum.

Defensive end Allen Bailey saw his Kansas City Chiefs eliminated after a devastating collapse. Former Miami Kicker and Punter Matt Bosher is playing with the Atlanta Falcons.

Three Jacksonville Jaguars will play on Sunday against the Buffalo Bills. Defensive end Calais Campbell, wide receiver Allen Hurns and offensive lineman Brandon Linder will line up for Jacksonville. Campbell could lineup across from former Miami offensive lineman Seantrel Henderson.

Campbell finished second in the NFL this season with 14.5 sacks. His former Arizona Cardinals teammate Chandler Jones led the league with 17. Hurns had 39 receptions for 484 yards and two touchdowns in just ten games this season. Linder started 13 games at center and right guard.

Sunday’s NFC Wildcard game will feature three former Miami Hurricanes. Tight end Greg Olsen and defensive back LaDarius Gunther of the Panthers will play against defensive end Al-Quadin Muhammad of the Saints.

Like Hurns, Olsen missed a significant portion of the season. His sat out nine games this season because of a foot injury. Olsen finished the season with a career-low 17 receptions for 191 yards and one touchdown.

Gunther played four games this season for the Panthers and one for the Packers. Muhammad played in four games with the Saints this season.

Six other Miami Hurricanes alums are on bye this week. The Steelers Artie Burns, Anthony Chickillo and Sean Spence will play either the Titans or Jaguars next weekend. Wide receiver Philip Dorsett of the New England Patriots will play either Tennessee or Buffalo.

Rookies Stacy Coley and Danny Isidora are also on bye week the with Minnesota Vikings. They will play the winner of the Saints and Panthers next weekend.

Burns is the Steelers starting right cornerback. He is third on the Steelers in tackles among the players starting in the playoffs. He finished the regular season with 47 tackles, seven assists and led the team with 13 pass breakups. Chickillo had nine tackles, five assists and three sacks. Spence is a backup linebacker.

Coley played in only four games this season. He had one kickoff return for 19 yards. He led the Miami Hurricanes in receptions and receiving touchdowns a season ago. Isidora played in seven games and started one.

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After being traded from Indianapolis to New England for quarterback Jacoby Brissett just before the season, Dorsett had a career-low 12 receptions for 194 yards and a touchdown.